Liu Wei is a Chinese artist born in 1972 that explores 21st-century socio-political concepts such as the contradictions of contemporary society and the transformation of developing cities and the urban landscape, in his modern sculptures.
In many of his sculptural and installation works, he uses found materials that are re-contextualized to draw new meanings out of the materials from which they are made. He frequently uses geometric and architectural forms in his work as a reference to his urban surroundings. The artist graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, China in 1996.
His work is included in numerous collections such as the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo; the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul; M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong; the Rubell Family Collection, Miami; and White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney. Liu Wei has received honors and distinctions such as the Atron AAC Award for Artist of the Year (2016); Martell Artist of the Year (2012); Credit Suisse Today Art Award, Today Art Museum (2011); CCAA Award for Best Artist (2008); and a CCAA Honorable Mention (2006).
He works across a range of media, including painting, installation, sculpture and film. Liu Wei describes his creative process to us in a simple way. His goal in creating a piece is the same regardless of the medium he works in—the understanding of reality through knowledge.
The artist states: “I have an idea and then think about how to express it.” Working in a wide variety of media, Liu has progressed from witty cultural critiques, including “landscapes” composed of photographed buttocks and a sculpted six-foot turd studded with toy soldiers and electronic components, to evocative installation pieces that comment on urbanization and materialism in a rapidly changing China.